2013 Casarena "Sinergy" Red Blend Luján de Cuyo (Previously $24)

SKU #1251913 91 points Vinous

 (70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot): Bright red-ruby. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, chocolatey oak and violet on the nose, with a suggestion of almost liqueur-like ripeness. Then extremely fine-grained and suave on the palate, showing insidious intensity and captivating inner-mouth floral lift to its dark berry and licorice flavors. A prime example of the slow, steady ripening that was possible in the 2013 growing season. Finishes classically dry and rather powerful, with sweet tannins and excellent length. Another remarkable value from this producer. (ST)  (2/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 Slightly full-throttle with lots of ripe fruit plus vanilla and coffee character from the wood use. Full-bodied and fruit-forward with a medium finish. Need some time to soften and open. Better in 2017.  (6/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Casarena Reservado Sinergy Blend is a blend of Malbec with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot from the estate vineyards (they have around 280 hectares of vineyards). The nose is quite ripe, with aromas of plums and a touch of banana. The palate feels fresher and has fine tannins and good acidity that shows better than the nose. (LG)  (8/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Brambly aromas and flavors give this plenty of up-front appeal. Dried red berry and underbrush notes dominate, with medium-grained tannins. White pepper accents show on the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only—2016)

K&L Notes

Malbec blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this wine is full-bodied with purple-skinned fruits and a savory, meaty quality not unlike Syrah. It is sourced from Casarena's own Lujan de Cuyo estate vineyards in Agrelo and Perdriel. A powerhouse, the wine still has ample freshness and drinkability.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5